The strike of the dreaded Summer Cold

It could happen anytime and anywhere.  The dreaded Summer Cold.  Usually it happens to us on vacation (so in a few weeks then we’ll be breaking out the Children’s Advil!)  I thought I would share some summer cold tips with all of you in the hopes that we might break the cycle of cranky kids and melted popsicles.

Preschool and elementary school children may get up to 12 colds per year, and while colds are more common in the fall and winter, summer colds occur more frequently than you might think.  Exposure to  air conditioning, airplane travel and summer camp playmates may put your child at risk.  And most parents agree that summer colds are particularly annoying as the symptoms – fever, sore throat, and other aches and pains – often disrupt the very activities your child most looks forward to in summer.
This year, however, treating a summer cold may be a source of confusion to parents because of a recent recall of many over-the-counter products for children.  The good news is that, Children’s Advil®, manufactured by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, is not part of the recent recall and is currently available nationwide.
Here are answers to some common questions about treating your child’s summer cold. 

How can I treat my child’s cold?

Symptoms of a cold can include runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, fever, and loss of appetite:
Runny nose: There’s not much you can do for a runny nose, except for periodically clearing it for easier breathing.  It’s best to have your child sniff and swallow the secretions, rather than blow them out, which could cause the virus to spread to the ears and sinuses.

Stuffy nose: You can help clear you child’s nose by instilling three drops of warm tap water into the nasal passages and using cotton swabs to wipe out loosened mucus.   

Sore Throat: Help relieve your child’s sore throat by giving your child warm salt water to gargle with. 
Fever:  Reduce your child’s fever fast with Children’s Advil®. 
Loss of Appetite: When your child has a cold, it’s important that he or she doesn’t become dehydrated.  Encourage your child to consume lots of fluids, like chicken soup, even if he or she doesn’t feel like eating or drinking.
What product(s) are available to treat my child’s cold this summer? 
Children’s Advil® is NOT part of the recent recall and is safe and effective when used as directed in children 2 to 11 years of age.  
For more information please visit or contact a customer service representative toll-free at:      800-88-ADVIL or 800-882-3845, Monday-Friday; 9:00AM-5:00PM EST or write to Product Quality, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, P.O. Box 26609, Richmond, VA 23261-6609.
What if my child has a fever?
Encourage your child to drink lots of fluids when he or she has a fever.  A fever can cause your child to lose fluids and may lead to dehydration. Water, soup, ice pops or flavored gelatin are all helpful.
What is the difference between a summer cold and allergy symptoms?
Both colds and allergies can cause nasal congestion — that’s what can make them difficult to tell apart. However, a key difference is itching of the eyes that is commonly seen with allergies.
What’s the best way to prevent future colds?
There are preventative measures parents and children can take to reduce their risk for colds, including:
Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration and maintain body fluid levels
Get plenty of rest
Spend time outdoors because it is more common to catch a cold indoors rather than outdoors.  
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Excuse me, I think Chick just sneezed!  Time to bust out the tissues!

*I was provided with this information by a Advil representative. Always follow label directions properly!

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